Online course on medieval Christmas cooking to start next month

A five-day virtual cookery course which will recreate a medieval Christmas with recipes from Germany, France and England, will be hosted by the team at Eat Medieval next month from December 6th to 10th.

What better way to start the Christmas season than with a Taste of Christmas Past? Their unique combination of top chefs and academic experts will introduce delegates to recipes to impress your guests and bring something different to the table. They have 14th and 15th-century recipes for puddings, pies, sauces, vegetables, and all the trimmings of Christmas. Try Sawse Madame, Agraz, Bourbelier de Sanglier, orange sauce for Partridge, Salmon, and lots and lots more. Discover a wonderful Christmas Castle made of pastry with sweet and savoury fillings, a boar’s head, and desserts: poached pears, Gingerbread, and Creme Bastard. And in addition, different ways to spice up wine. All of this with films and podcasts on the period, the medieval customs of Christmas, the recipe collections and their ingredients, medieval art, manuscripts, and music.


Eat Medieval is a partnership between Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and Durham University’s Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), Northern England. This is an online course for delegates to enjoy in the comfort of their own kitchen!

Before the course starts, delegates will receive a code for pages on the website. The first code will unlock the shopping list, and some substitutes for the more unusual ingredients so these can be bought before cooking at home. The second code will unlock the pre-recorded films – from chefs and scholars, as well as suggested reading and other online resources.

In terms of allocating yourself sufficient time to enjoy the course, there will be a live Zoom introduction on the first day plus regular Zoom Q&A’s throughout the week to answer any questions you might have. The short academic films, films of the chefs cooking, recipes and other resources will be available for four weeks, so plenty of time to get to grips with the course material.


Join the Eat Medieval Team hosted by Andy Hook and chefs from Blackfriars, and Professor Giles Gasper, Durham University, for a true taste of the past.

Click here to book online. If you have any questions email [email protected] for more information.


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